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Health Information Management (Medical Records)
Since 1984, Molloy College, Division of Continuing Education and Professional Development has a long history of course offerings in the area of health information management (medical records).
Certificate programs (career tracks) to choose from include (please click on the title below for further information on the requiremnts for that particular program:
- Certified Coding Specialist Preparation
- Health Care Billing - Physician and Hospital Billing
Student Testimonial: "Just thought you would like to know that I finished the review class on Thursday night, and took the CCA exam on Friday morning, and I PASSED!! I just want to say "Thank you!" to everyone at Molloy, it was a great experience and I plan to be back for another coding review when I'm ready to take the CCS exam. A year ago, I had only hoped that I would be able to do this, and now I did it!! I really feel like I can go out there and be a CODER!
Wendy M. (student)
Coding Specialist Preparation Certificate Program
We currently offer two certificate programs so that you can become proficient in this field. Whether in a physicians' office, hospital or other healthcare facility, patients are followed by an astounding trail of information. From diagnoses to final billing, health care providers need to have access to that information. After completing Molloy College's medical records certificate program, you will be prepared to meet the challenges of this growing profession.
Certificate programs (career tracks) to choose from include:
What is the difference between Medical Coding and Health Care Billing?
Although many people refer to medical billing and coding as if it were one job function, billing and coding really are two distinct careers and therefore we offer two different certificate programs: Certified Coding Specialist Preparation or Health Care Billing - Physician and Hospital Billing. Medical billers and medical coders both work in the healthcare setting, such as in hospitals and in physician's offices. They gather information from patients and confer with doctors and insurance firms. As far as pay is concerned, they are also on the same range. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics classifies medical billers and medical coders as medical records and health information technicians which had a mean annual wage of $37,110 based on the agency's May 2015 Occupational Employment and Wages report.
Click here to get a brief description of the tasks and functions associated with each job and to give you some things to think about to determine which path you may want to pursue.
Certificates and Certificate Requirements
A certificate is awarded upon successful completion of each individual course. A larger program certificate, suitable for framing, is awarded at the completion of each track. You may earn a certificate in any of the specialties listed above, or take a few additional courses and receive two or more program certificate. Each program certificate requires successful completion of 10 courses listed under each certificate title (click on the program title above for certificate requirements).
Course Schedules and Locations
Courses are typically offered throughout the year on day, evening and weekend schedules. The courses can be taken at either our Rockville Centre campus or at our Suffolk Center in East Farmingdale. You may begin your studies at any time.
The schedule of classes comes out in our catalog which is mailed twice a year to students who have made an inquiry or registered within the last 6 months. However, the most up-to-date scheduling information can be found on this webpage. We will also email you monthly reminders of the upcoming schedule if you have provided us with an email address. Request a catalog or join our mailing list.
Plan of Study
Your plan of study will differ depending upon which certifciate program you choose: Certified Coding Specialist Preparation or Health Care Billing - Physician and Hospital Billing. However, regardless of the certificate title you pursue, the following four core courses are required in each program and it is suggested that you start your studies with Medical Terninology and/or Anatomy and Physiology:
MR-1500 - Medical Terminology
MR-1510 - Anatomy and Physiology
MR-2510 - ICD-10 CM and ICD-10 PCS Coding
MR-3500 - CPT-HCPCS Coding
Please note that a number of the courses do have prerequisites and that those prerequisites will be listed in the course descriptions.
As of the fall 2015 semester, students will take ICD-10 and ICD-10 PCS Coding (MR-2510) as their coding course. ICD-9-CM Coding will no longer be offered. ICD-10 and ICD-10 PCS Coding was implemented in October, 2015.
The number of sessions that a course meets, as well as the tuition for the courses, varies from course to course. However, most classes meet for 5-8 sessions and the average tuition rate is $325.
You may proceed through the program at your own pace, taking as few or as many courses as you would like, as long as you have the necessary prerequisites. However, most students are typically taking about 2 courses at a time. At that rate students would be able to complete the requirements for the certificate in 9-12 months. There is no time limit to complete the certificate requirements.
For further information on your plan of study and certifciate requiremnets please click onto the program that you are interested in pursing: Certified Coding Specialist Preparation or Health Care Billing - Physician and Hospital Billing.
Should you need assistance in selecting your courses or if you should have any question regarding the program, please call the Office of Continuing Education at: 516-323-3550 or email: email@example.com.
Click here for the schedule of classes. The course location is listed in the section information for each course.
Free Career Seminar
Not sure if this career is right for you? Attend our free career seminar. This career seminar is led by experienced professionals who will offer real advice about career and academic paths and talk about both the satisfactions and challenges of their own chosen careers. The seminar is one and a half hours long, given in the evening and is usually offered 2-3 times a year - every January, May and September. There is no charge for the seminar, which is held on our Rockville Centre campus. Click here for a current schedule of classes and to register.
Students should register for classes at least one week prior to the start of classes to insure enough time for you to get your confirmation and parking permit. However, you can register up until the day of class. Please note that some of our classes do close out and some of our classes do cancel, so you may be taking a chance of not getting into the course of your choice by waiting.
To register online, in person, by phone, by fax or by mail, click here. Confirmation of your registration and classroom assignments will be mailed or emailed to you upon receipt of your registration.
Tuition varies for each course and the tuition rate can be found in the course listings in each section, in the course descriptions or in the schedule of classes. There are no course fees. Payment is due at time of registration; however, purchase orders will also be accepted if you register by mail or by fax. Some forms of financial assistance are available (see below). The total tuition for each of the entire certificate programs varies between $2,875 - $3,225. See the description of each certificate program for the total tuition for a particular certificate program.
OUR GUARANTEE TO YOU!
If you take a course, have attended each class, and still do not master the course work, we invite you to re-register for the same course, same level, free of charge. Your registration will be accepted on a space available basis within one year of the course end date. Re-registration in the course is required.
In addition, during the first hour of class the instructor will present an outline of the course, along with the course goals and objectives. If the student does not feel that this course will meet their expectations, then a full refund will be granted if the student presents their refund request on the first business day after the class has met.
If you have any questions, please call our office at 516-323-3550 for clarification.
This program is approved for Veterans Benefits, as well as for Displaced Homemakers and/or Dislocated Workers.
See our Tuition, Financial Aid and Refund Information page for details. Since most continuing education courses do not lead to a college degree, they are not eligible for the traditional forms of financial aid, such as TAP and/or Pell. Some private lenders will help you finance continuing education and certificate programs.
If you wish to challenge the course Medical Terminology (MR-1500) and/or Anatomy and Physiology (MR-1510), based upon prior work experience and/or education, you may take a challenge/waiver exam. Call the Division of Continuing Education and Professional Development to schedule an appointment.
If you are already an RN or a Physician you are automatically waived from Medical Terminology (MR-1500) and Anatomy and Physiology (MR-1510). Attach a copy of your license to your registration form. Click here for a registration form.
Mailing List/Request a Catalog
The schedule of classes comes out in our catalog which is mailed twice a year (January and July) to students who have made an inquiry or registered within the last 6 months. However, the most up-to-date scheduling information can be found on the program webpage. We will also email you monthly reminders of the upcoming schedule if you have provided us with an email address. Request a catalog. Join our mailing list.
If you should have any questions regarding this program, please call the Office of Continuing Education at: 516.323.3550 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have questions regarding our schedules and/or registration status? E-mail the Division of Continuing Education and Professional Development at email@example.com or call 516.323.3550.